Jeff Bezos To Space In July
Posted 8,June

By Chaveendra Dunuwille

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Jeff Bezos will go to space next month when his company, Blue Origin, launches its first  passenger-carrying mission. 

The 57-year-old, who plans to travel alongside his brother, Mark, made the announcement in  an Instagram post Monday. The scheduled launch next month will be about two weeks after the  billionaire plans to step down as chief executive officer of Amazon.com Inc. 

“Ever since I was five years old, I’ve dreamed of traveling to space,” Bezos said in the post. “On  July 20th, I will take that journey with my brother. The greatest adventure, with my best friend.” 

Blue Origin is one of several high-profile space-tourism companies backed by a wealthy entrepreneur,  alongside Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. and Richard Branson-backed Virgin  Galactic Holdings Inc. Both of those companies are making plans to carry paying customers. 

Blue Origin is auctioning off a seat on its New Shepard rocket for the July 20 flight, an 11- minute trip to suborbital space that will reach an altitude of about 100 kilometers (62 miles). The  spot will be the only one available for purchase on the flight, and the proceeds will go to a Blue  Origin foundation that promotes math and science education. 

The high bid stood at $2.8 million Monday morning, according to the company’s website.  Bidding will end June 12 with a live online auction. It will be Blue Origin’s 16th flight. 

The company has said that customers will have a four-day experience, including three days of  preflight training at the company’s launch site near Van Horn, Texas. Blue Origin has built  accommodations, including a cafeteria. The space capsule will be a first-class experience, with  reclining leather seats designed to cushion the force of zipping into space. The capsule also has  “the largest windows in spacecraft history,” according to Blue Origin’s website, so passengers  can take in the view. 

Bezos has been slowly selling off his stake in Amazon to invest in Blue Origin. In 2017 he said  he spends about $1 billion a year on the sideline. He has compared space tourism to stunt-flying  barnstormers, who helped fuel public fascination with aviation and made it a common mode of  transportation. Bezos has said he envisions millions of people living and working in space, and  lowering the cost of space travel with rockets that can be reused like airplanes is the first step. 

The billionaire plans to hand the reins as Amazon’s CEO to Andy Jassy on the 5th of July.